New AARP Survey of Rogue Valley

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MEDFORD, Ore. — The results of a new AARP livability survey for Jackson and Josephine County are in and officials say it’s the first of its kind in Oregon.

AARP received a completed survey in the mail from 1,500 Jackson and Josephine County registered voters aged 50 and older. The survey focused on eight criteria all centered on the livability of the Rogue Valley.

Outdoor spaces, transportation and housing were among the categories of survey questions. The survey was focused on the livability of Rogue Valley communities for people of all ages.

The results found that 88 percent of respondents rated their community as an excellent place for people to live as they age. The survey results show 62 percent of respondents consider public transportation a big factor in future livability and officials from the Rogue Valley Transit District say the results can be used to help identify and improve local transportation.

“So that helps us make the case to decision makers in our communities that side walk connectivity, bike lanes, side walk crossings and safety treatments are important to people in our communities,” said RVTD Transportation Options Planner Nathan Broom.

One of the things survey respondents said could be improved upon was affordable and accessible housing and job opportunities. Officials say the respondents to the livability survey were highly engaged in their community as more than ninety percent of them had voted in a state or local elections in the past two years and just under 80 percent had donated to a friend or neighbor in need.

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